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Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery (utgåvan 2018)

av Vivien Chien (Författare)

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"The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family's restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana's love life soon becomes yesterday's news once the restaurant's property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead--after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng's severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy--to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out--it's up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng's killer order ... before her own number is up."--Adapted from back cover.… (mer)
Medlem:Lindsayshodgson
Titel:Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery
Författare:Vivien Chien (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2018), 331 pages
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As I've gotten older, I've found my tolerance for amateur sleuths diminishing. Too often their silly and bumbling and really should just leave it for the police to figure out. That being said, I enjoyed this amateur sleuth. I think it helped that Lana was young and actually a suspect. She's 27 and working in her parents Asian restaurant when dumplings she delivers to the mall owner kill him through a severe allergy to seafood. Lana is also the narrator and she has an interesting enough interior monologue and life outside the investigation that I managed to care about her despite the amateur nature of her investigation. And she did manage to discover things that the police probably wouldn't have which led to revealing the murderer. She even tried to go to the police with her information in the end but we still had the obligatory face off with the murderer. Overall it kept me more entertained than annoyed and I will consider reading the sequel if just to follow the relationship that she starts at the end of the book.
Also, have some noodles on hand when you start the book. You will want them as you read! ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
Chinese foodie cozy with yet another young handsome detective. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
I liked the humor in the book. ( )
  Beth3511 | Nov 21, 2020 |
This was good fun! A nice breezy mystery that kept me guessing, and an interesting character and setting I’m looking forward to following. (Yes, I’ll be continuing this series.) Lana is great, better at life than she thinks or at least relateable, and her motivations and abilities regarding crime-solving are believable, which isn’t always the case.

And major props for rep. This is the first time I’ve seen an author of colour or a heroine of colour in the cozy section, and Chien did it well. There’s a little bit of Asian 101, but it never feels like she’s pandering or selling out to a White crowd and the characters are people, not stereotypes or copies of each other.

I was a little disappointed in a few of the tropes Chien used—the matchmaking women and their idea that Lana needs a man and must be moping if she’s single being the big one—but that’s more me being grumpy and getting indignant on behalf of Asian people when I really don’t need to be, than any actual problem with the book, I think. I certainly got behind the well-worn “and the detective is cute” trope, which is the flip side of that.

But like I said: fun, interesting, satisfying, well-plotted, kept me guessing. And it had actual cell phone usage, like googling from the car, and it also had a pug named Kikkoman. (Who was the clincher, let’s be honest.) I’m already looking forward to the next installment and am already reccing it at work.

Warnings: Anti-Chinese microaggressions, of the lived experience type.

7.5/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
Cute, but room for improvement is my overall comment on "Death by Dumpling."

I liked the main character, Lana Lee. Her family sounds great though she has a pain in the butt older sister. Her best friend Megan supports her no matter what and even helps out with trying to solve the crime in this one. That said, I needed more details. We hear about Lana's ex, but not his name, or what exactly was said to him when they break up. We get her memory of her quitting her job, and then that's it. I just felt like I needed more background on everyone and also her before jumping right into, we found a dead body and now need to solve the crime. Also I would thank the Book Gods if we didn't always have the main character falling for the lead detective on the case. Especially since Lana is a suspect in this first book.

"Death by Dumpling" has 27 year old Lana Lee back in Ohio and working at her family's restaurant. Lana is dealing with the set-backs to losing her job and her boyfriend. Going back to work at her family's restaurant makes her feel like she's a loser. It doesn't help that she has a successful older sister. Between her mother nagging her about getting a boyfriend/married and her sister's snide remarks, Lana is just waiting until she can find another job. That is until someone the property owner of all of the stores in Asia Village is found dead. Mr. Feng recently had a lot of arguments with Lana's family's restaurant cook (Peter), a mysterious woman, and Kimmy (the daughter to another set of storefront owners). When the police find out that the dumplings that Peter cooked and Lana delivered to him were the culprit of Mr. Feng's death, she and Peter move up on the suspect list. Lana and her best friend Megan decide to investigate to prevent the police from charging Peter or her with murder.

Lana feels a bit lacking in development to me at times. For example, I don't know what she went to school for at all. She supposedly loves books, but doesn't mention who her favorite author is. She dyes her hair different colors that gets a rise out of her mother, but doesn't really say why she likes to do that. She seems super passive and allows other characters to walk all over her (her mother, her sister, Ian, Mrs. Feng, etc.) Lana initially is also quite taken with the lead detective on the case. But then thinks he is a jerk when he won't discuss the case with her, but then finds herself attracted to him again. And he is beyond ridiculous with doing his whole I must take care of you every time he sees Lana and expressing mild jealously about her going out with another character. They have zero chemistry and no I don't care how many times Lana talks about his green eyes. I already said this in one of my updates, but I hate the cozies that always have the main character and the lead detective get together. It doesn't feel realistic and it just annoys me since every author sets it up as an antagonistic relationship at first.

There's not a lot of development with characters besides Lana's mother and father and her roommate Megan. Hopefully everyone gets more developed as the series goes on.

The setting of this book is Cleveland, Ohio, but there's not a lot of details about Cleveland to make me feel like the author has even been there. We hear about the Asia Village where all of the Chinese vendors/owners work and about Lana's apartment and that's about it. It was interesting to read about a separate side to Cleveland that many people may be unfamiliar with, but I wanted it to be integrated to the overall city.

The ending was fine. I called the murderer early, but that was just because it was the only person that made sense in the context of what Lana was finding out. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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"The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family's restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana's love life soon becomes yesterday's news once the restaurant's property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead--after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng's severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy--to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out--it's up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng's killer order ... before her own number is up."--Adapted from back cover.

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